asked the Secretary of State for Trade what was the volume of imports into the United Kingdom of foreign paper supplies, including wallpaper and writing paper, over the years 1975 to 1979; what percentage penetration relative to the United Kingdom market there is by foreign competitors; what quotas against unfair competition in the industry his Department has sanctioned for the industry in the past; and if he will make a statement.
[pursuant to his reply, 13 March 1980]: Information about the volume of imports is available only for minimum list heading 481—paper and board. For the other items, imports are given in £ million. The information requested appears in the table below.At present there are no quantitative restrictions on imports of these products. My Department will co-operate fully, should the industry come forward with evidence of unfair competition from abroad.